Mansfield 1-1 Carlisle & Highlights
One Call Stadium
The 2015/16 season got underway for Mansfield, as it did the remainder of League 2 at the weekend, with this starting in a draw at the One Call Stadium on Saturday against Carlisle. The Stags would have hoped to start with a win on home soil but had to be content with this one-one draw in the end.
Adam Murray's side made the breakthrough when Benning (29) scored with a freekick from distance just ahead of the half hour to score his first Mansfield goal.
The much travelled, signed this summer following his release by Colchester, Ibehre (45) drew Carlisle level in injury-time at the end of the first half.
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Clements and Yussuf almost won it for the home side but that second goal couldn't be found.
Match highlights can be viewed below....
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The other results this weekend were as follows:-
Wimbledon 0-2 Plymouth
Accrington 1-1 Luton
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Northampton
Cambridge 3-0 Newport
Exeter 3-2 Yeovil
Hartlepool 2-0 Morecambe
Leyton Orient 2-0 Barnet
Mansfield 1-1 Carlisle
Oxford 1-1 Crawley
Portsmouth 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Stevenage 0-2 Notts County
Wycombe 3-0 York
In the opening round of fixtures you can't really read too much, if anything into this, and things aren't likely to settle down for several weeks if not months and only around the end of the year, at best, can you gage more from the table really, correct? It goes without saying the Stags will be looking to be higher up this table than down it though!
Looking at these results the ones that stand out are the wins for Cambridge, Portsmouth and Wycombe, who - albeit after only one-match - share top spot in the league too....
All three recorded three-nil wins, Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium against Newport County, who have struggled in the main since Justin Edinburgh left to become boss of League 1 side Gillingham, with one of his former sides as a player Portsmouth also winning well.
Expectations are high at Fratton Park this season under former Chesterfield boss Paul Cook, he started with a comfortable Pompey win on the south coast with Wycombe showing there wasn't a Wembley hangover from their play-off final defeat to Southend in May with a convincing win at Adams Park against York.
The Stags are back in action this midweek with the 1st round of the Capital One Cup taking place.
It's a trip to Hillsborough on Tuesday as Mansfield look to secure what would be a major upset against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, which is certainly something Murray will be looking to achieve!